Are The 2019 SEA Games The Fyre Festival Of Asia?

The 30th Southeast Asian Games have barely even started but people are already wondering if this is how the Philippines goes down in history. All across social media people are asking the same thing: Is our legacy going to be hosting the “Fyre Festival of Asia”? Well, we can’t say anything for sure but what […]

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The 30th Southeast Asian Games have barely even started but people are already wondering if this is how the Philippines goes down in history. All across social media people are asking the same thing: Is our legacy going to be hosting the “Fyre Festival of Asia”?

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Well, we can’t say anything for sure but what we can do is go over just a few of the things which have already happened.

First things first, let’s take some time to remember the fiasco that was the unveiling of the 2019 SEA Games official logo. It’s been over a year since our eyes were graced with the sight of…multicolored rings? I’m still not sure what they’re supposed to represent tbh but to each their own.

We are greatly honored to present the official logo of the 2019 Philippine hosting of 30th Southeast Asian Games.

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(12 of the funniest SEA games logo memes)

In relation to the confusing logo is the equally confusing mascot, Pami. While these may seem like ‘small’ complaints, it’s good to remember that payment for these creations came directly from the pockets of our taxpayers. So do what you will with that information.

(The 12 funniest netizen reactions to Pami, the SEA Games mascot)

Then come the more serious accounts which people truly started getting worried over. It all came spilling out when news that ceremonial cauldron to be used in the SEA Games opening cost a hefty Php 50 million. Suddenly, others had stories of their own to make the comparison to the Fyre Festival clearer. Like this volunteer’s personal horror story:

A lot of people wondered why I'm not posting about my SEA Games Volunteer Program journey anymore. Only those who are…

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(LTFRB offers P2P bus rides to SEA Games opening ceremonies)

Of course, it’s impossible to ignore all the noise being made about transportation and accommodation concerns. From the Timor-Leste football team waiting hours at the airport only to get dropped at the wrong hotel, to the Cambodian football team being forced to spend the night on a hotel floor — it was a logistical nightmare.

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(SEA Games Complaints Loom Before Official Start)

It’s not just foreign athletes who were subjected to poor treatment, either. Athletes representing the Philippines have gone through their own hardships with funding and training, with many of them receiving only minimal support from the government.

(10 Things P50 Million Could Be Spent On — Other Than A Cauldron)

It’s not just local opinion inspiring the comparisons between the handling of the SEA Games to the Fyre Festival, either. Various international media outlets have covered the seeming unpreparedness of the Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee (PHISGOC) as host. From venues which seem to still be under construction mere days before the games begin:

(#SEAGamesFail: Filipinos voice concerns about PH hosting SEA Games 2019)

To venues — like this football press conference room intended to house international media — which are woefully ill-equipped at serving the job it’s supposed to:

(LOOK: These roads in Manila will be closed for SEA Games 2019)

It feels like different issues just keep cropping up when it comes to the SEA Games. But then again, there is still some time for everything to turn around. So let’s wait and see before definitively judging anything.

Do you think this is as bad as the Fyre Festival? 

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